The State Capture Project

LATEST: The R142bn bomb: Revisiting the cost of the Arms Deal
In October 2020, South Africa will make its final payments on the loans taken out to pay for the purchase of submarines, corvettes, helicopters and fighter and trainer jets known collectively as the Arms Deal. SWI Director of Investigations Paul Holden revisits the cost of this deal to the people of South Africa.

During the decade-long presidency of Jacob Zuma, South Africa’s fragile democracy was undermined and corrupted by a plethora of criminal actors. Foremost amongst them were the Gupta family, which used its influence and financial resources to capture major state companies and institutions, and to direct scarce public resources into their and others pockets. The State Capture Project aims to expose and elucidate evidence of this state capture through a program of detailed investigative research. We focus our attention on two of the most egregious cases of capture: the Estina Dairy Project and the capture of the state rail manufacturer, Transnet.

The results of this research will be published and disseminated widely, and can be found to the right of the page. Check back regularly for new publications and other content. The State Capture Project also aims to assist law enforcement initiatives in South Africa and around the world in bringing meaningful criminal charges against the perpetrators, facilitators and enablers of this exercise in grand corruption. To this end, Shadow World Investigations is making detailed submissions to the Zondo Commission on State Capture, which can be found to the right.

The Enablers, a joint report by SWI and Open Secrets, will be available for download from 06/02/2020
SWI and our comrades at Open Secrets reveal shocking new details about the relationship between the most senior military figure in South Africa and BAE’s biggest agent in South Africa’s notorious 1999 Arms Deal. Read the details of this bombshell here.